Understanding and supporting pupils with Pathological Demand Avoidance profiles
Ruth Fidler focuses on helping teachers to understand the distinctive profile of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) as part of the autism spectrum.
Her session covers the issues faced by educational settings in supporting pupils with PDA. She also introduces ‘Collaborative Approaches to Learning’ – a flexible approach to partnership working in order to meet the holistic needs of pupils with PDA.
3 takeaways from Ruth’s training session
– Understand the characteristics of the PDA profile –
– Recognise the educational needs of pupils with PDA –
– Understand the fundamentals of Collaborative Approaches to Learning which effectively support pupils with PDA in educational settings –
This session is aimed at Teachers, Senior Leaders, SENCOs and other educational professionals working with children with SEND.
Watch this preview of Ruth’s presentation…
Ruth received great feedback on her LIVE broadcast
This session was originally presented live at one of our online Virtual SEND Conferences.
“Ruth’s session was very informative and the information given was relevant and specific to PDA whilst still looking at it in a holistic way.”
Shona Masson – Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
“I’ve actually realised a child with ASD that I’m working with has all the traits of PDA!”
Sue Hughes – Northwood Community Primary School
About the Creator
Ruth Fidler / Education Consultant
Ruth Fidler is an Education Consultant specialising in complex presentations of autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), interactive approaches and emotional well being.
Ruth worked at an all-age non-maintained special school for pupils across the autism spectrum for 22 years. During her time on the senior leadership team, the school sustained Ofsted outstanding status. She also led an outreach pilot project working with other agencies to meet the needs of children and young people currently unable to attend school.
Since 2014 Ruth Fidler has worked independently. As a member of Autism Associates, she provides training and consultancy and presents at conferences and events. She works with a variety of schools, services and organisations including the Autism Education Trust, the National Autistic Society the PDA Society. Ruth is co-author of several books on PDA and Autism. Visit the Autism Associates website to find out more about Ruth.
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